Duane Morris LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Best in Philly”
  • “Friendly”
  • “Grinders”

About Duane Morris LLP

From its hub in Philadelphia to offices in Northern California to outposts in Singapore and Vietnam and back around to London, Duane Morris may be taking a Ferdinand Magellan approach to legal industry domination. The firm's specialties include litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, business reorganization and financial restructuring, employment and immigration, energy and environment, health law, real estate and wealth planning.

Go West, More West, and Then a Little Farther West

Founded in 1904 by Russell Duane, a descendant of revolutionary polymath Benjamin Franklin, Duane Morris has exponentially grown in staff and locations from its early twentieth century beginnings. Under the leadership of Sheldon Bonovitz, who took the helm in 1998 when the firm held a legal team numbering around 200, Duane Morris more than tripled its attorneys on staff.

In recent years, the firm has continued to strategically grow under current Chairman John Soroko. More than 136 partners have joined Duane Morris in the past 5 years. Back in 2008, Duane Morris hired a team of construction lawyers from Thelen; the next year, it brought a group of attorneys on board from Wolf Block. In 2012, Duane Morris hired 16 attorneys from Dewey & LeBoeuf, expanding its insurance, energy and technology practices in the process. A year later, the firm opened offices in Silicon Valley-where its attorneys focus on patent litigation and patent prosecution, trademarks and copyrights, venture capital, private equity and related commercial litigation-as well as Muscat, Oman and Yangon, Myanmar. Most recently, Duane Morris has set up an outpost in Shanghai and is in the process of doing the same in Taiwan.

A Specimen of Study

Noting that Duane Morris tripled in size in just 12 years, Harvard Business Professor Boris Groysberg commissioned a study of the firm for his business students called "Duane Morris: Balancing Growth and Culture at a Law Firm." Groysberg found that, despite its rapid expansion, Duane Morris had maintained its "Quaker values" along with an "unusually narrow" spread between the highest and lowest partner compensations, according to the ABA Journal. The study also noted Duane Morris' practice of emphasizing lateral hires in its recruitment practices.

In 2013, Harvard Business School published its second case study of the firm, entitled "Collaborating for Growth: Duane Morris in a Turbulent Legal Sector." The case study examined the firm's success in maintaining its collaborative culture despite economic pressures impacting the global legal industry, as well as the firm's continuing expansion into new markets. The study concluded that Duane Morris was able to maintain its "Quaker ways" by keeping a "transparent, data-driven compensation system, practice-group integration across multiple offices, and rewards for attorneys who shared responsibility."

In addition to this, Duane Morris is heralded as a leading law firm in the diversity efforts, having even earned the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Innovator Award and being among the first to ever name a Chief Diversity Officer. But it's not all for glitz and glory; Duane Morris associates participate in the annual Diversity & Inclusion Retreat, which targets business development efforts alongside establishing priorities of inclusion in all sectors.


April 2016
Family Friendly

The firm was one of the Yale Law Women's 2015 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms. The survey of Vault 100 law firms identifies those with the most family-friendly policies on billable hour requirements, part-time and flexible schedules, parental leave, and childcare availability. Duane Morris is consistently ranked by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers as one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women and is included on The American Lawyer's Women Partner Watch Honor Roll as one of only 20 firms among the Am Law 200 whose new partner classes were at least 30-percent women each of the past three years. Duane Morris was also named a 2016 "Best Place to Work for Women Over 35" by Crain's Chicago Business.

March 2016
Sunny Workplace in Philadelphia

Duane Morris was named a 2016 "Top Workplace" in the region by Philly.com, the website affiliated with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. The Top Workplaces list is based on an employee survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC.

September 2015
Hot Fun in the Summertime

In The American Lawyer's 2015 Summer Associates Survey, Duane Morris tied for first place in Philadelphia and was ranked 12th in the nation, up four places from 2014. Duane Morris' summer associates rated Duane Morris' program with perfect scores in four key areas: offering real work; full time associate and summer associate interactions; inclination to accept a full-time job if one were offered; and overall as a place to work.

August 2014
And On to China

Duane Morris opened its Shanghai office with an emphasis on facilitating outbound investment for Chinese corporations, as well on supporting inbound investment opportunities for its clients elsewhere. The Shanghai launch follows recent expansion in Myanmar, bolstering the firm's existing Asian locations in Singapore and Vietnam. The firm also established a Middle East office in Oman, as well as an alliance in Sri Lanka.

February 2014
Eyes on the Olympics

Duane Morris leveraged international relationships and experience to help its client Dentsu ensure nearly 1 billion viewers across 22 Asian nations could watch the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Lawyers at Duane Morris had worked on a similar deal negotiating media rights for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup.

November 2013
Today's Lesson is … Duane Morris

Harvard Business School published its second case study of the firm, titled "Collaborating for Growth: Duane Morris in a Turbulent Legal Sector." The case study is part of the curriculum at Harvard and Columbia and is available to other business and law schools for case study teaching.

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Duane Morris LLP

30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 979-1000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: John J. Soroko
  • Hiring Partner: Kelly D. Eckel
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 707

  • Base Salary
    New York; Philadelphia; Baltimore
    1st year: $150,000
    Summer associate: $2,885/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    16 out of 17 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring
    Construction & Engineering
    Employment, Labor, Benefits & Immigration
    Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
    Entertainment & New Media
    Fashion, Retail, Luxury & Consumer Goods
    Financial Services
    Health Law
    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Intellectual Property
    Life Sciences & Biotechnology
    Maritime, Shipping & International Trade
    Media & Communications
    Pharmaceutical, Pharmacy & Food
    Private Equity
    Private Investment Funds
    Real Estate
    Wealth Planning

Major Office Locations

  • Philadelphia, PA (HQ)
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Boston, MA
  • Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Lake Tahoe, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Newark, NJ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • London
  • Myanmar
  • Oman
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
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